It’s hard to resist your craving for your favourite food but not impossible. My recent diet change does not allow me to have simple carbs. And the most evident thing in my food plate has always been white rice. It has always been in the center piece in my plate, no matter if I am having curry or daal or sabji or even milk. Yes, like people eat curd- rice combo, I eat milk-rice combo. Now my diet says a big no to rice, and it was super difficult for me to manage that. I searched for a substitute and settled for quinoa, which is a complex carb. Looking at those petite sized balls I wondered how can they sub for long grain rice. Initially I was too disheartened by that fact but then I decided to take one step at a time. I hate quinoa salads, so first I had cooked quinoa with Maharashtrian style varan. It didn’t taste that bad, so I started having quinoa almost everyday instead of rice. I have not yet tried red quinoa as it kind of looks like millet grain, and I don’t like millet! So maybe in the future 😉
I am a fan of Fried rice. Also, it’s a regular quick recipe that I follow during my busy schedule. Today, as you see, I have substitute quinoa for rice and maybe now that I am used to it, it tasted wonderful.
- 1 ½ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup raw and peeled prawns
- ½ cup raw fish chunks (optional)
- ½ cup raw crab meat (optional)
- ½ cup thinly sliced onion
- ¼ cup small diced bell pepper
- 1-2 Serrano peppers (if you like your food extra hot, else optional)
- ½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic and ginger
- 3 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- Salt as per taste
- Finely chopped scallions to garnish
- Heat oil in a large wok and add ginger-garlic and serrano peppers. Saute for two minutes or so then add onion and saute on high flame till it turns translucent. Add bell pepper and saute for two minutes on medium flame. Do not let bell pepper to overcook.
- Now add all the seafood and keep stirring till it is full done. It will take from three to five minutes, depends on quantity. But seafood is really quick to cook compared to meat.
- Now add soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce. Stir it well on low flame. Followed by quinoa and salt. Mix everything well on low flame.
- Serve hot and garnish with finely chopped scallions and a lime wedge.
- This dish tastes delicious even with rice. Simply substitute quinoa with rice.
- You can replace serrano peppers with jalapeno for less spiciness and with red thai chilies for extreme spiciness. Serrano pepper will give this dish a hot hint but not spicy.